Retired Judge Warner focuses her work in the area of alternative dispute resolution, conducting mediations and arbitrations and uses other dispute resolution procedures as the case and the parties dictate. She emphasizes the areas of family law, personal injury, professional liability, commercial, probate and employment law, and is willing to consider mediation of other types of cases. Judge Warner is also available for service as an attorney in the areas of family law, medical and legal malpractice and probate litigation.
Dispute Resolution; Divorce and Family Law
The University of Arizona, B.A. with honors and highest distinction
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University College of Law.
Arizona; U.S. District Court, District of Arizona; U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
ABA Award of Judicial Excellence, 1999; Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year, 2006, University of Arizona Honors College Social Responsibility Alumni Award 2011, University of Arizona Alumni Award of Public Service, 2008; Greater Tucson Leader, 2001; YWCA Woman on the Move 2001
Arizona State Bar (Family Law and Dispute Resolution and Elder law and Mental Health Sections); American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution and Family Law Sections); Arizona Women Lawyers Association; Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Prior to appointment to the Superior Court Bench in 1986, Judge Warner practiced civil litigation in Tucson, specializing in complex personal injury cases, including medical malpractice and product liability. She served as an Arizona Superior Court Judge for 24 years, where she was the held terms as the Presiding Family Law Judge, Presiding Juvenile Court Judge and Presiding Mental Health Court Judge. She is credited with leading the statewide reforms of the court's handling of abuse and neglect cases, resulting in a more child and family focused court process and decreased time in out of home care. Judge Warner is credited with the creation and implementation of the Mental Health Court for the Superior Court. She also led the development of in court ADR programs on the juvenile and family law benches. She served on the statewide Supreme Court committee that drafted the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure. After leaving the bench in June 2010, Judge Warner received additional training in mediation at the Straus Institute. Judge Warner is a frequent speaker at legal programs and a faculty member for the Arizona Judicial College. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers Law School. Judge Warner continues to serve as a judge pro tem and a retired judge called back to service. In the community, she serves on the University of Arizona, School of Dance Advisory board and on the Board of Directors and as president for her neighborhood association.